“If Coca-Cola accidentally created 100 million cans of faulty Coke, you know for sure the entire 100 million cans would be dropped in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, without a second thought and irrespective of what that did to the year’s profits. What do we do with a crappy movie? We double its advertising budget and hope for a big opening weekend. What have we done for the audience as they walk out of the cinema? We’ve alienated them. We’ve sold audiences a piece of junk; we just took twelve dollars away from a couple and we think we’ve done ourselves no long-term damage.” —Slashdot | WB Took Pains To “Delay” Pirating of Dark Knight
“Those big injection molding machines are really finicky about temperature and pressure, and the molds have to be designed very well. Otherwise you’d get legos that shrink too much, or not enough, or worst of all - not consistently.Legos have to strike a delicate balance between fitting too tightly and too loosely… it’s actually amazing that all of the sets over the years are pretty darn compatible. It’s the rare Lego that simply falls off.” —Slashdot | Inside the Lego Factory
“Y’know, that used to be one of my complaints about ridiculous phones like these. I always said that the durn thing should make phone calls, and that should be the primary functionality of it. Plain and simple.But then I realized that nobody wants to call me anyway, so maybe what I want really IS a portable computing platform that just happens to have a cell phone buried in it somewhere just in case. :-)” —Slashdot | Full Review of the iPhone 2 On Launch Day
but the Amish I know and not sentimental about animals.
There’s the rub then: most people are sentimental about the Amish.” —the doggy in the window | MetaFilter
“To say BB “removed their own work” when they “unpublished” Violet Blue’s words is the kind of spin job of the highest caliber. I salute BB’s resolve in keeping the peasants at bay. After all, a private entity run by very astute individuals owes no explanation to the masses. I admire the jackhammering logo of BB as a true symbol of strength as we continue to make this world wonderful by destroying and erasing away those who refuse to conform with our wonderful goals.” —That Violet Blue thing - Boing Boing
“It’s enough to give a tugboat captain angina. So when Bob Henry, captain of the Rachel Marie, who is in charge of towing Smithson’s island, looked out across the East River Thursday afternoon and saw another piece of conceptual art gaining on him, he did not view the development kindly.” —This is still one of my all-time favorite paragraphs that… (kottke.org)